Day 3 of the 2016 advent calendar! The first time I ever had this tea was on bad terms. I had it from the 2014 advent calendar and it was after I totally bombed a final so… I was not the most happy tea drinker that day. Today I’m doing a lot better though so I should enjoy this cup.
The smell is very grassy, I’m not really getting too much of the toastiness from the rice, but I’m hoping that will change when its steeped. Even when it’s steeping though, the toasty smell is way stronger, so I’m excited to sit down and relax and sit this while I study some.
Tastewise this tea is quite interesting. The green tea base is more mellow than I imagined, not that I’m complaining. I think it pairs well with the toasted rice flavor. Reading up on the history of this tea it’s quite interesting, how the Japanese working class beefed up their tea like this. Pretty clever, in my opinion.
Overall, I think this tea is a pretty nice take on the standard green tea. The next time I need to stock up on some plainer green teas I’ll keep an eye out for this one.